beware of the storm chaser
With the recent tumultuous hurricane season showers we've been experiencing here in Ohio, be prepared to receive an unexpected guest at your front door.
There are plenty of one-man companies around that boast inexpensive, bargain roofs, but we would like to stress that you get what you pay for when it comes to roofing, and while a low rice tag may be appealing the work done will not be. If you're not looking out for the warning signs, you could end up paying double for a job that could've been done one time. Here are some warning signs that you may be getting a quote with SCAM written all over it.
1) They conveniently show up right after a big storm: Also known as Storm Chasers, these types will take advantage of stressed homeowners. In a nutshell, they will usually travel door to door, passing out leaflets and offering significant discounts if the homeowner files an insurance claim after a huge storm. The work done is hastily finished and very poor, as they normally will go through entire neighborhoods claiming to have "just finished" a neighbors roof to get you to agree to their work. You can avoid falling for this scam by doing your research!
2) They Quote (really, really) Low: You may be shopping around for a new roof and come across a quote that is significantly lower. While this might usually pique your interest, beware! Some of you may be thinking that it sounds like a great deal, however this quote may not account for surprise miscellaneous costs that a professional would see from the start and add to the estimate before the job has started. The initial quote may be low, but you'll end up paying more in the end from surprise costs and a poor quality of work.
3) They Don't have much of an online track record: Whenever you invest in a new roof, it is critically important to do your homework and research your roofing company. If the person at large does not seem to have an online presence or any accreditation (BBB, Angie's List), we can't stress enough the importance in doing proper, thorough research.
Overall, when it comes to knowing if the unexpected guest at your front door is from a true, reputable roofing company, follow these signs! Save yourself the hassle and give us a call if you need a new roof!
With all of the tech advancements in the past decade, it shouldn't come as a shock that home design and construction is becoming more advanced. Tesla has just announced that they are in the process of patenting a new type of roofing solar panels. We're familiar with the random, chunky panels sitting on top of a standard roof to ensure a more efficient way of living...The difference in the new design released by Tesla is that they look like an actual shingle.
Available in four different styles, the main goal with this new shingle design was to eliminate the unsightly solar panels. While the benefits are great with a solar roof (saving on electricity, better for the environment and more durable), the cost is not so beneficial-at first. According to an article on Business Insider, "A Tesla Solar Roof for a home needing 3,000 square feet of roofing would cost more than $65,000 if 35% of the tiles were solar. According to Consumer Reports, a slate-tile roof for a home the same size would cost about $45,000, and an asphalt roof would be about $20,000."
Elon Musk stated that the overall savings on electricity alone makes the hefty price tag worth it. "It's looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account."
What do you think? Would you make the leap and invest in the solar tiled roof? Comment your thoughts below.
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